Where did “8 cups of water a day” even come from? Not sure.. probably the same unscientific place that said not to eat too many eggs because of their cholesterol content.
My rule of thumb is to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water daily. That means if you weigh 200 pounds you need 100 ounces of water each day. 200/2=100. There are 16.9 oz in a bottle of water, so that would be around 6 bottles in a day. It sounds like a lot but hydration is so important and most of us are not drinking enough. Lots of times we mistake thirst for hunger. We really just need more water but instead we think we are hungry so we eat.
Don’t forget that we are 60% water. The brain and heart are 73% water.
Do I need to remind you of the benefits? Staying hydrated can help with weight loss, it’s good for your skin and can reduce wrinkles, it’s good for your brain, helps your muscles and joints work better, prevents headaches, helps relieve constipation and tons more. Bottom line is water is essential and probably more important than you realize.
If you definitely don’t drink half of your body weight in water daily you could be dehydrated. Or if you sweat a lot and are not replenishing that water. Signs of dehydration can include: headache, tired, dizzy/light-headed, dry mouth, lips and eyes, dry skin, not peeing or having very dark colored pee.
To tell if you are hydrated check your urine color. It should be light yellow and you should be emptying your bladder 5-8 times a day.
Try not to add toxic, chemical filled artificial sweeteners to your water. When I was in college I couldn’t drink water unless it was flavored with strawberry limeade powder. I seriously had a permanent red ring around my mouth from drinking water bottles filled with red liquid.
It was sugar free with no calories so I thought it was a win-win. I paid no attention to the ingredients back then.
A much more natural way to add flavor to your water would just be by lemon or lime slices or even cucumber, mint and berries. You don’t have to have a fancy water infuser, just cut up some fruits and veggies and throw them in a pitcher of water and keep in the fridge.
If you are really bad and drinking water you might need some reminders. Set an alarm on your computer or phone to go off every hour to remind you to drink. Fill a big bottle in the morning and keep it on your desk, in your car or wherever you are and make yourself down it before your morning snack or before lunch. Do the same thing in the afternoons before you go home for the day.
I know it is easier said than done. I had a hard time switching over from Crystal Light, Diet Cherry Pepsi and Diet Sunkist to just water. It was pretty brutal and fruit infused water made me gag. But just remember all of the health benefits and try to choke it down, it will get better I promise!